I am so lucky to have a handful of friends that I've known for a decade or longer. Many of my closest friends are girls that I met in my sorority. Unfortunately since college we've all moved to various areas of the East Coast and don't get to see each other as often as we would like.
Right after graduation it was easier for everyone to get together but over the years people have gotten married, had babies and become busier with their careers so it's not uncommon for months to go by without being able to visit each other. Back in 2008 several of my girlfriends got married and between the showers, bachelorette parties and weddings I was able to see my friends several times that year. It was great.
I was so excited this morning when I realized that over the next few months I'll have several opportunities to see some of my favorite people. There will be at least one event each month between now and May which give me the chance to visit with some of my closest friends.
-February-- I will be heading back down to East Carolina University at the end of this month for my sororities 50th Anniversary of being on ECU's campus. There will be a formal Saturday night with dinner and dancing and there will not only be the current AOII members but Alumni dating back to the early 90's. I haven't seen some of these girls in years and I can't wait to take Kristian to show him around the place where I spent some of the best years of my life.
-March --My matron of honor is hosting my shower/bachelorette party weekend down in Raleigh, NC where she lives. It will be a small group of my college friends, most of whom live in NC.
-April -- I will be heading back down to NC again, this time to Charlotte for KLaw's baby shower! Kristen is my friend that lives the furthest distance away, requiring a plane flight for any visit so I'm especially excited for the chance to see her and celebrate such a joyous occaision.
-May -- My wedding!!! I realize that with all the craziness that will be going on that weekend I probably won't get to spend quite as much time with my girlfriends as I would like so I'm very relieved to have these other opportunities prior to the wedding to catch up with everyone.
Having the chance to see my friends up to 4 times in the next 4 months makes me so incredibly happy. It's hard living so far from the people I love that I really do cherish every opportunity we have to get together.